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The Evangelical Immigration Table calls for a bipartisan solution to the “unacceptable political stalemate” that respects the God-given dignity of every person, protects the unity of the immediate family, respects the rule of law, guarantees secure national borders, ensures fairness to taxpayers, and establishes a path toward legal status or citizenship for those who qualify.
Cathleen Falsani interviewed then-State Sen. Barack Obama on March 27, 2004, for “The God Factor,” a series in the Chicago Sun-Times that later became a book by that name. God’s Politics, the Jim Wallis/Sojourners blog, republished the interview last week with a note from Falsani.
Some evangelicals suggest that Christians can or should avoid questions of political philosophy, but Left, Right & Christ, a just-published book from Russell Media, recognizes reality. Co-authors Lisa Sharon Harper and David Innes boldly state their dueling positions, issue by issue.
In their "working groups" on various topics of moral and political concern, the Occupiers have been trying to figure out what "a just economy" is, as though they are the first ever to ask this question. Ah, youth. A young man at the protest, in an interview by Jim Wallis of Sojourners, claimed, "This is a microcosm of what people want the world to look like, where we have healthcare, where everyone gets fed, and where the people own the media."
But even denuding the service won’t help poor Bloomberg, because now people are in an uproar about it. Even Jim Wallis is holding a press conference to simultaneously urge the inclusion of religion and denounce other preachers for holding press conferences where they, well, urge the inclusion of religion. It’s so hard to be a progressive Christian sometimes.
WASHINGTON—Christmas cheer is in short supply in the U.S. Senate.
The network includes PICO National Network, Faith in Public Life, Sojourners and others. The group is also working on grassroots events, with 586 clergy agreeing to preach on health care reform and urge their congregations to call Congress. In June and July, clergy will hold 130 “health care Sundays” and meetings with members of Congress, with 10,000 people expected to participate.
Evangelical left. I was a very intense reader of Sojourners magazine, then called The Post American. I'll never forget one night, at the Christian commune where I lived, we went around the table saying what we believed doctrinally and theologically. We had some of the most New-Age-y answers. I said, I believe in the Apostle's Creed, and I also believe that the only thing we have unity about in this room is that we're all going to vote for George McGovern. That's what we were committed to in 1972—there was a politically enforced orthodoxy, but not a religious one.
Hailing from a coalition of 60 faith-based and anti-poverty groups, the roughly 800 activists came to Capitol Hill to urge congressional lawmakers to cut the number of impoverished Americans in half by 2020.
Elsewhere in Washington, a like-minded group is going at the problem in a more grubby way, with the only investment being their own time. They are dumpster divers who haunt the backside of grocery stores, restaurants, and bakeries to get their daily bread. Ryan Beiler, one of the ringleaders and web editor for Sojourners magazine, said his family eats well as a result: On one of his first runs he boasts that he found several jars of beluga caviar. If that doesn't sound entirely appealing, he also has found prime cuts of beef, smoked salmon, and fresh vegetables.